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This 15-story underground doomsday shelter for the 1% has luxury homes, guns, and armored trucks

When the apocalypse arrives, life goes on.

That's the possibility some are preparing for, at least.

In 2008, Larry Hall purchased a retired missile silo (an underground structure made for the storage and launch of nuclear weapon-carrying missiles) for $300,000 and converted it into apartments for people who worry about Armageddon and have cash to burn.

Fortified shelters, built to withstand catastrophic events from viral epidemic to nuclear war, seem to be experiencing a wave of interest in general.

Hall's 


Lisa Brennan-Jobs said she would give her father's billions to The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation if she could

Lisa Brennan-Jobs' upcoming memoir, "Small Fry," describes her relationship with her father, Apple founder Steve Jobs. Brennan-Jobs received an inheritance after her father's death, but his $20 billion fortune is controlled by Laurene Powell Jobs.  In an interview with The New York Times, Brennan-Jobs said she would donate Jobs' billions to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation if she could.

Though Lisa Brennan-Jobs received millions of dollars in inheritance money after her father died, she does not have control over the allocation of the Apple founder's $20 billion in assets.

If she was in charge, Brennan-Jobs would donate Steve Jobs' money to the


This VC says her time at a high-growth startup prepared her for everything Silicon Valley could throw at her: 'You're the veteran smoking the cigarette'

A few years at a high growth startup will teach you as much as 20 years as a venture capitalist, according to Benchmark General Partner Sarah Tavel. In an interview with Fortune, Tavel said that after her three year sprint at Pinterest, she's no longer "frazzled" or "running for cover" when there are little bumps in the road.  Working at a high growth startup has also helped her empathize more with founders and how hard it is to scale a company.

Sarah Tavel, a general partner and investor with well-known venture firm Benchmark, has a secret weapon: She knows what it's like to work at a high-growth startup. 

In an interview with Fortune published Thursday, Tavel jokingly compared herself to a grizzled war veteran in a World War II movie, unphased by the chaos going on around her. 


Alibaba is investing big bucks in a popular Chinese food-delivery service (BABA)

Alibaba raised $3 billion to further invest in popular Chinese food-delivery service Ele.me. The e-commerce giant announced earlier this month that Ele.me will start delivering Starbucks  to customers beginning in September. Investments in Ele.me may weigh on Alibaba's bottom line but will increase top line results, said a team of Jefferies analysts. Watch Alibaba trade in real time here.

Alibaba is aggressively investing in popular Chinese food-delivery service Ele.me with the hopes of expand its reach into consumer-wallet spending beyond e-commerce.

The Chinese e-commerce giant


5G is the 'largest existential threat to broadband providers,' and Verizon and T-Mobile could be about to win big

Despite the hype, 5G speeds won't seem that different from 4G LTE speeds for awhile. While mobile applications of 5G won't seem that different, 5G fixed wireless broadband could disrupt the cable industry, according to analysts. Analysts see Verizon and TMobile as the biggest mobile carrier threats in the industry.

Conversations about wireless carriers' race toward 5G are ubiquitous. But the focus on the blazing speeds 5G will offer to mobile customers might be misplaced. Instead, the biggest impact of the technology might be delivering broadband within the home. 

5G is the fifth — and next — generation of wireless technology. It's expected to deliver faster speed than the current 4G LTE standard. But analysts in the industry urge caution in overplaying the initial improvements from a mobile perspective.


How Burning Man's Black Rock City rises into a 70,000-person city and vanishes in less than 2 months

It takes more than a month to build Black Rock City each year for Burning Man. The process begins with a ceremony to mark the center of the city, after which teams survey the land, build a fence, and prepare all of the infrastructure. About two weeks in, artists with the biggest installations arrive to set up.  Though the festival's attendance has continued to grow, the city's dimensions have largely remained the same.

For most of the year, the 9-square-mile area where Burning Man is held looks just like the rest of the barren Black Rock Desert. Artists all around the world spend months preparing


How much the highest-paid stars on TV are making, from 'Big Bang Theory' to 'Game of Thrones'

How much are networks shelling out to bring Hollywood stars to TV?

In this age of proliferated programming, marquee names have become essential to bring sizable audiences to shows. And the competition among networks and producers has driven industry salaries to new heights.

At its height, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman reportedly negotiated $1 million salaries for the upcoming second season of HBO's Emmy-winning drama, "Big Little Lies."

And Jim Parsons of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" made headlines this week for walking away from a reported two-year, $50 million paycheck for two more seasons of the sitcom, which CBS has subsequently decided to end in 2019. 

Here's how much the highest-paid stars on TV are earning per-episode:

Note: Some salaries may include producing fees.


10 crazy things Silicon Valley thinks are normal that make the rest of the country think it's out of touch

Silicon Valley residents live a completely different lifestyle than people in many parts of the US. In Silicon Valley, it's not unheard of to commute 10 hours to work, order a car that hasn't even been designed yet, or pay $1 million for a condo in a sinking skyscraper. Here are 10 crazy things Silicon Valley thinks are normal — but aren't.

 

Living in or near Silicon Valley can sometimes feel like living on a different planet than much of the United States.

In Silicon Valley, it's not atypical for people to work


The inside story of Peloton, a fitness media company that was turned down by over 400 investors but is now worth $4 billion

Peloton CEO John Foley estimates that his company was rejected between 5,000 to 6,000 times by investors. Peloton is now worth $4 billion. Foley reveals the struggles he faced securing funding for Peloton early on.

When John Foley first pitched his idea for a fitness startup called Peloton to venture firms along the storied, four-lane stretch of Sand Hill Road six years ago, investors were wary.

"Every round, for six rounds," Foley said, recalling Peloton's first three years of fundraising. "Andreessen, Bessemer, Sequoia ... they passed again and again."

While Foley said that many investors expressed interest in owning a Peloton bike themselves, they were still hesitant to offer financial backing of their own. The company's plan was expensive and cumbersome: stationary, internet-connected bikes sold out of branded retail outlets, along with an online offering of subscription fitness classes.


Blockbusters like 'Call of Duty' are trying to replicate the runaway success of 'Fortnite' — here's why it won't work

As you've no doubt heard by now, "Fortnite" is kind of a big deal.

It's the kind of phenomenon that influences the entire video game industry. Case in point: Both this year's "Call of Duty" and "Battlefield" games have major Battle Royale modes — the last-player-standing mode that led to the tremendous success of "Fortnite" (and "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" before it, among others).

But the mode alone isn't what made "Fortnite" so popular, and there are a few simple reasons why these copycats are unlikely to achieve anywhere near the level of success that "Fortnite" has achieved.

Here's why:

1. "Fortnite" is free. These games are not.

When "Battlefield 5" and "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" arrive later this year, they'll arrive as full priced games: The lowest amount you can buy them for is $60, and both are available in more expensive versions.